What are we, the United States, doing in buying Russian helicopters to give to Afghanistan?
It's hard to believe that Afghans admire Russian products more so than weapons from America.
The reason why:
“The rush to equip the new military forces in these countries was used to justify sole-source procurements for a host of weapons and equipment, particularly for what is called non-standard equipmentin this case, Russian. Those countries, so the argument went, were more familiar with Russian equipment. Even in Afghanistan, a country which fought off a Soviet occupation in the 1980s, U.S. officials argued that the Northern Alliance and Afghan pilots were more familiar with Russian helicopters, which are regarded as rugged and reliable.”